Now I’ve seen everything…

Armond White’s complimentary review of the U2 concert documentary — kind of. He’s correctly notes the thrilling juxtaposition of surreality and documentary-style concert footage seen in the video of my favorite band: U2 3D lacks the techno apotheosis you can imagine—the kind that might come from seeing a greater band in concert, as when dance-clubContinue reading “Now I’ve seen everything…”

I’m shocked that this article would miss the obvious explanation as to why Florida has so many seniors: the aging Cuban exile community. Naturally, it omits the most obvious explanation for why the U.S. was so generous towards my Cuban grandparents even though the Republican party they so heartily embrace would throw them over theContinue reading

In defense of secularism

Responding to a Mitt “Mitt” Romney speech on his religious beliefs that, in the spin cycle of current pol drama, feels like ages ago (i.e. it was in December), Hendrik Hertzberg defines secularism in the best and simplest of terms: No, you are wrong. Secularism is not a religion, any more than freedom of associationContinue reading “In defense of secularism”

In defense of secularism

Responding to a Mitt “Mitt” Romney speech on his religious beliefs that, in the spin cycle of current pol drama, feels like ages ago (i.e. it was in December), Hendrik Hertzberg defines secularism in the best and simplest of terms: No, you are wrong. Secularism is not a religion, any more than freedom of associationContinue reading “In defense of secularism”

Two obits — by the NYT’s A.O. Scott and Slate’s Dana Stevens — try to unearth the nature of Heath Ledger’s promise. I prefer Stevens’ because it concentrates on the problem that James Wolcott (no link, alas) addressed earlier in the decade: young actors have no clue how to move in character. Ledger certainly did,Continue reading